In the last couple of days we have had a few requests from Canada for information on the what the hell has happened to Michael Klukowski.
Well, first up let me say that we don't know a lot. The Turkish press have been fairly quiet on the matter and the club haven't said anything since news came in that the Canadian Klukowski has left the club. According to documents published by Sporx.com Klukowski's lawyers sent the club a "3th (sic) official formal notice and demand for payment" to the club on March 29. The pictures are a little difficult to read so let me quote from the fax:
"I refer to the two Official Formal Notices and Demand for Payment on the 28th of February, 2011 and on the 8th of March 2011, both of them remained unanswered and without effect," said the faxed letter addressed to Ahmet Gokcek and Ankaragucu General Manager Ender Yurtguven.
"I also remind you that I had already sent you another Official Formal Notice of Demand for Payment on the 16th of Decemember 2010, which led to the payment of outstanding amounts owed to my client at the end of December 2011 (sic). This means that my client did not receive any payment within last 3 months," the lawyer's letter continued.
"This letter is therefore to be considered as LAST OFFICIAL FORMAL NOTICE AND DEMAND FOR PAYMENT," the lawyer shouted.
As I said, this fax was dated March 29. Yurtguven responded ... well, basically tried to sweep the matter under the carpet on April 6. Ajansspor quoted Yurtguven as saying that Klukowski had approached the club wanting payment but that the club had told him that they would not do a deal on outstanding payments with an individual player but with the whole club, something that he hoped would be worked out very soon. In other words, you ain't getting nothing mate. Yurtguven said that Klukowski then told them that in that case he would leave the club. To which they gave the Canadian one or two days to make up his mind.
The stand of the club though was pretty clear by the next thing Yurtguven said:
"If he wants to leave the club, we will send him on. Because no one is bigger than the Ankaragucu club," the general manager said, adding that the club had spoken to its lawyers and there was nothing that would allow the cancellation or dissolution of the contract.
Klukowski obviously thought differently as it appears that sometime last week he walked out. As far as we are aware there hasn't been any statement from Ankaragucu since then.
No doubt this one is off to the courts.
A couple of points. We all know that Ankaragucu has massive financial and legal problems (see our summaries here and here) and it is still very unclear where the club will get the money to pay other players like Vittek and Sestak who are in the exact same position as Klukowski.
The other thing is that even if the club comes up with the money owed to current players, there must certainly be stories travelling around the football community that this is a club that doesn't pay. All not happy in the Ankaragucu camp.
EDIT: Oh yes, I should put in the link to Noland's thread on The Voyagers, a Canadian soccer supporters forum where this whole thing has baffled many for a few days now. Don't worry Voyagers, we are just as baffled as you are.